We’re doing the definitive guide to Summer in Austria. I’m from Australia so much more in my element without a whole well of a lot of snow involved – so we traded the rain in London for the much more scenic and green of Bad Gastien and South Tirol. Bad gastrin is a place of real beauty and well worth a day or two to explore (i’d definitely say two). Summer in Bad Gastein is amazing with some amazing hikes, cable cars to the top of mountains and the only place we found doing a flat white coffee!
We ate and drank our way through the country for a good week – so these tips aren’t a fly-by-night recommendation list – these are the real deal.
You will defintly want to check out this town as it has a whole hell of a bunch to do and will keep you busy for a few days.
Worth stoping in Kitzbuhel for lunch when getting to Bad Gastein. Pastel houses, great beer but the most touristy town outside of Salzburg. Ths town also have very cute pastel colour houses on the main padestrian street. Being so touristy it also shows up when trying to pick somewhere for lunch in the town that ticks both atmosphere and quailty of food on offer. Good luck.
Seriously our best meal of the trip and immediately made it into our top 3 meals of 2016! Just a great place to have a different type of food than the heavy Austrian cuisine I live for when travelling here! Cosy and chique. Service and prices are spot on. Wines excellent!
Address: Stubnerkogelstraße 36, 5640 Bad Gastein, Austria
The Restaurant in Bad Gastein – Badbruck with nice dining-rooms and a beautiful beer garden offers Austrian cuisine andhome cooking with local ingredients. Depending on the season there are treats such as venison, lamb, fresh salads,mushrooms and more. The guest house is run as a family business since 1705 and is one of the oldest restaurants in the Gastein Valley.
Address: Dorfpl. 1, 5640 Bad Gastein, Austria
Evreryone needs a bakery in their lives – and this one does the trick. There’s a few of them in the town and are perfect to stocking up for snacks to either eat up on the mountains or if you have another leg of a drive to do.
Address: 2 bakeries on the mountain – you can’t miss them as you have to drive straight past them.
The best coffee we found in Austria was from Blond Beans. Peeking through the window I spotted the magic words “Flat White” on the blackboard and stormed straight in. Obviously one of the owners is a New Zelander who arrived for a ski season three years ago and never left after deciding to bring decent coffee to the masses. Seriously – get as many coffees into your system as possible here!
Address: Bahnhofsplatz 4 5640 Bad Gastein
On the way to and from Bad Gastein you may find yourself passing Starkenberger Brewery. As a brewery Starkenberger’s been at it for more than a hundred years, and is currently (and always has been) run by women. the setting for the Starkenberger Brewery castle is pretty ridonkulous, though, with the glory that’s awaiting for you inside, you probably won’t want to spend too much time out there.
Residing in the old fermentation brewery, there are seven total pools in a Turkish-bath-like room, each of which are heated and contain 12,000L of water enriched with 300L Biergeläger (remote yeast). You’ve gotta make reservations in advance but for $298/ pool (and an additional $6.50/ person). Your two hours of beer bathing also come with beer crackers and a “Tyrolean meat spread” plus one non-swimmed-in bottle of suds per person.
But even if you don’t have that kind of coin to spill it’s worth stopping by just for a fresh beer.